Employment & Labor

Law aims to close legal loopholes that hide harassment concerns from public view. In the past few weeks, Illinois Legislators have been working feverishly to advance SB1829, the Workplace Transparency Act. In an already busy legislative session filled with worker-friendly initiatives, the bill has already passed the Senate and is advancing rapidly through the House, picking up scores of sponsors along the way. The bill would: Mandate annual sexual harassment training and prescribe the content…
The Dallas, Texas City Council has enacted a sick leave ordinance that would require employers to provide eligible employees with paid leave for certain medical and safety-related needs. It remains to be seen, however, whether the ordinance will ultimately take effect. As we have previously reported, in late 2018, a Texas appellate court ruled that a similar paid sick leave ordinance enacted in Austin violated the Texas Minimum Wage Act and the Texas Constitution…
On April 10, 2019, the California Court of Appeals, Second District, in Diaz v. Sohnen Enterprises, 2019 S.O.S. 1722, ruled that an employee impliedly consents to an arbitration agreement by simply continuing to work, despite never signing the arbitration agreement and even outright rejecting it. Prior to distributing arbitration agreements to its employees, Sohnen notified them that it was adopting a new dispute resolution policy requiring arbitration of all claims and specified that continued employment…
This is an update on our previous blog posts regarding the Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc. case. We previously reported in October 2017 and March 2017 on a whistleblower litigation brought by Charles Erhart, a former Bank of Internet Holding, Inc. (Bofl) internal auditor.  In late 2018, the parties filed cross-motions for judgement on the pleadings, including but not limited to Erhart’s SOX retaliation claim.  Bofl specifically alleged that Erhart failed to exhaust his administrative…
Webinar – Wednesday, June 26, 2019, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. PDT California, the Golden State, is a special place to live and work. However, if you are an employer in California, you have most likely heard warnings of what you cannot do in terms of protecting your workforce and trade secrets and preventing unfair competition. While the rules of the road are different in California, employers are not without tools to protect their resources.…
From the legaladvice subreddit: So background, I have IBS and sometimes have to go the bathroom multiple times per work day. My supervisor doesn’t believe I am legitimately using the bathroom, so he said today at the end of the day today if I don’t send him a picture or otherwise prove that I used the bathroom, I will lose 15 minutes of paid time. What sort of recourse do I have? Let’s play…
Section 223 looks delicious! I was in Phoenix last week and saw this sign at a Diamondbacks Game. The seats in Section 223 were probably plastic and hard to chew but otherwise looked pretty tasty. Still, I don’t think I could eat more than a few at a time. Ok, I know what the sign intended, but my reading is a fair one too. Right? The message wasn’t quite clear. The NLRB was much more…
Section 223 looks delicious! I was in Phoenix last week and saw this sign at a Diamondbacks Game. The seats in Section 223 were probably plastic and hard to chew but otherwise looked pretty tasty. Still, I don’t think I could eat more than a few at a time. Ok, I know what the sign intended, but my reading is a fair one too. Right? The message wasn’t quite clear. The NLRB was much more…
It’s likely that some employees in your workforce called out sick today because they were watching the Game of Thrones finale last night. A recent study found that more than 10 million employees.will not report to the office today due to activities related to the Game of Thrones finale. If that occurs, the finale will join the Super Bowl and Oscars as entertainment events that instigate widespread absenteeism the day after. Some percent of this…
It’s likely that some employees in your workforce called out sick today because they were watching the Game of Thrones finale last night. A recent study found that more than 10 million employees.will not report to the office today due to activities related to the Game of Thrones finale. If that occurs, the finale will join the Super Bowl and Oscars as entertainment events that instigate widespread absenteeism the day after. Some percent of this…

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